Capture the Sunset on the Yellowstone River

Wyoming Hayden Valley

Added by Eric Schuette

  • Catch a sunset along the countries largest undammed river
  • Enjoy the meadows of the Yellowstone valley, which is full of wildlife and beauty
  • There are miles of river access to decide what composition you would like to have (and to stay away from any bears, bison, or other wildlife that have similar ideas)

The Yellowstone river is considered one of the most scenic and beautiful in all of the United States. It's grand canyon, waterfalls, and meadows filled with wildlife are all major attractions and rightfully so as they are all beautiful places.

However, catching a sunset along the meandering river's meadows is truly an incredible experience. It is a very easy walk, although one does need to be aware of the resident bison and bears (as well as the bison patties spread throughout). The meadows are best between the Hayden Valley north of the Sulphur Caldron. Walking along the river, particularly early or late in the day, makes one feel like they have been transported in time back to when these wild places were the norm. It is a rare experience and one certainly worth taking.

Pack List

  • For catching the sunset one should ensure they have a variety of photography gear
  • appropriate clothes for walking through meadows
  • Bear spray as needed
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Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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12 months ago

This is a beautiful spot for sunrise too, especially with fog rolling off the river.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Love this spot

Hayden Valley is one of my two top spots in Yellowstone. I was just there in September of 2015 and watched a grizzly bear as the sunset. The sunset was beautiful that night and the area is amazing. Highly recommend.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

need to come back!

it's been a long time since i visited but i remember the river sticking out as one of the most beautiful spots.

about 1 year ago

Added by Eric Schuette

I love adventure and exploring. Currently a school psychologist who tries to spend my free-time hiking, climbing, fishing, and celebrating with a good beer in Colorado. On Instagram @ericschuettephotography Cheers!!!

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